Mini-tower cases are usually associated with low-end computers, but some manufacturers like In Win and NZXT are releasing products full of nice features for gamers that want to build a small yet powerful gaming machine. Let’s take an in-depth look at NZXT Vulcan, which follows this concept.

Being a mini-tower product, Vulcan only accepts microATX motherboards for the convenience of having a small computer. Ventilation was the main focus when the manufacturer designed this small case, as you can easily see by the presence of so many ventilation meshes, see on Figures 1 and 2.

NZXT Vulcan caseFigure 1: NZXT Vulcan case.

NZXT Vulcan caseFigure 2: NZXT Vulcan case.

As you can see in Figure 2, most of Vulcan’s left panel is used by a huge mesh, which has a place for you to install an optional 200-mm fan, with the panel using rubber rings for holding the fan and thus help to reduce noise. This panel doesn’t feature an air filter (it should).

The front of the case can be seen in Figure 3. No door is present and the case has two external 5.25” bays and two external 3.5” bays. As you can see, all parts on the front panel are meshed, featuring air filters behind them. A 120 mm fan is present on the lower section of the front panel, using a three-pin fan connector (no technical information about this fan was provided).

NZXT Vulcan caseFigure 3: Front panel.

Vulcan has two analog fan speed controllers – see the two knobs labeled “II” and “I” on the top part of the front panel. The two fans from the case don’t come installed to these controllers: you are the one that should perform this installation, which is ridiculously easy. Each controller has two three-pin connectors, so each one can control up to two fans. The connectors are labeled “1” and “2,” so it is quite easy to recognize them. Since this case allows you to install a total of five fans, one of them can’t use the fan controllers, if you decide to install them all.

The case has a 7” (180 mm) line on the right side of the front panel that glows orange if you connect it to the power supply. This light comes with an on/off switch on the rear of the case. This light needs some work, though. On a bright room it could barely be seen.


Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.